Elder Abuse Awareness
KNOW THE SIGNS.
BREAK THE SILENCE.
Elder abuse is a prevalent issue that impacts individuals, families, and the entire Calgary community. carya is involved in responding to Elder Abuse; supporting victims and their families; educating the community and professionals on this issue as well as providing training to the community who may interact with people at risk of experiencing elder abuse.
Elder abuse is any action or in action by a person in a position of trust that causes harm to an older person. This includes emotions, physical, sexual and financial abuse as well as neglect.
Elder Abuse Response Team
Since April 2011, the Elder Abuse Response Team (EART) — a collaboration between carya, Calgary Police Service, and the Kerby Centre — has been working to support older adults who have experienced abuse.
The EART is a multidisciplinary team of social workers and police officers that work together to investigate high risk and / or chronic cases of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, and abandonment that affect older adults.
Our team is committed to reducing incidents of elder abuse and collaborate to:
- Respond to and investigate suspected cases of elder abuse
- Provide support and guidance to abuse victims and their families
- Assist other service providers working with abuse victims
To report a suspected case of elder abuse, call the Elder Abuse Resource Line at 403-705-3250.
Elder abuse is any action or inaction by a person in a position of trust that causes harm to an older person. This includes emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse as well as instances of neglect and violation of rights.
80% of elder abuse in Canada is hidden or goes undetected. As Canada’s ageing population continues to grow, elder abuse is a problem we can no longer ignore.
The video below was created with the participation of community members in Calgary to raise awareness of Elder Abuse,what it looks like and what we can do about it. Please take a moment to watch it.
Education and Development for the General Public
Basic training on Elder Abuse
This course is designed for people who interact with older adults in their day-to-day tasks, such as bank tellers, home health aids, pharmacists, apartment building managers and others. The course takes approximately half an hour to complete.
After completing the online training course, learners will be able to:
- Identify and describe types of elder abuse.
- Identify rates of prevalence of elder abuse.
- Identify and describe barriers to reporting elder abuse.
- Identify and describe risk factors for older adults.
- Identify provincial and federal legislation in Alberta that that applies to cases of elder abuse.
- Identify community resources in Calgary, Alberta for victims, perpetrators and community members who suspect elder abuse or are concerned about an older adult.
This course will empower you with basic information so that you will know what to do if you encounter or suspect elder abuse.
For more information, and to gain access to the course, contact us.
Learn the signs
Would you recognize the signs of elder abuse? Watch this video and see why we all need to be The Gatekeepers of our vulnerable seniors.
Professional Consultation and Case Support
- Case consultation and recommendations
- Clinical support
- Will attend visits with clients already involved with a professional
Elder Abuse Education
- Quarterly Professional Case Consultation Network
- Community and public awareness education (doctors, professionals, seniors homes)
- School presentations and intergenerational opportunities
- Presentations on Calgary’s Elder Abuse Response Team
Elder Abuse Awareness
- Member of Community Action Team Against Elder Abuse
- Elder abuse awareness events
- Intergenerational projects with schools and older adults
For more information, for elder abuse consultation or to request a presentation call 403.705.7560